Launched in 2019, the ROCLITE shoes and boots featuring graphene-grip rubber have taken the off-road running, hiking and outdoors markets by storm. Perfect for all adventures, the range features two pairs of shoes (the ROCLITE 275 & ROCLITE 290) and two pairs of boots (the ROCLITE 335 & ROCLITE 345 GTX).
200 times stronger than steel, graphene has been infused into the rubber outsoles, meaning users (like Jasmin Paris who won the 268-mile Spine Race outright and Ondrej Fejfar who won the Czech skyrunning national title) can enjoy insane sticky grip AND increased durability all in one rubber. No compromise.
Here are some independent reviews of our graphene-enhanced ROCLITE footwear:
“The ROCLITE 275 can take on tough climbs and technical descents like a boss. It’s light enough to feel really agile but with enough structure and protection to keep you feeling comfortable mile after mile.” Trailrunner, who awarded it an Editor’s Choice Award, April 2019. Read full review
“Best for versatility. This shoe is an all-rounder that does it all, from muddy paths to rocky trails, and everything in between.” RedBull, who named it number-one in their round-up of the best trailrunning shoes for 2019, March 2019. Read full review
“This latest and lightest addition to the range is one of the best yet.” Independent, who named it among their best 8 trail running shoes, March 2019. Read full review
“A shoe that is ferocious on the trails.” Runner’s World, April 2019. Read full review.
“The upper is, as you’d expect from an off-road specialist, well-fitting and built to last. There are plenty of hardwearing overlays around the toe and key wear areas which provide protection and enhance the life of the shoe.” Athletics Weekly, April 2019. Full review: Inside issue April 11th, 2019.
“They have allowed me many more comfortable miles than I would usually have considered.” Outdoors Radar, April 2019. Read full review
“A light and speedy sneaker that is ideal for rocky trail.” Gear Patrol, April 2019. First look review.
“Lightweight and super-flexible, the shoe clung like I was a skateboarder shredding the side of a vert ramp. My body felt like it went horizontal at times. The traction and tread pattern on the rubber outsole was top-notch, grabbing ahold of damp rocks and other uneven surfaces. The 290’s flexibility and strengthened rubber toe cap granted me the Spiderman-esque power to scramble up the side of a muddy bank without losing footing.” Runner’s World, February 2019. Read full review
” The 275 is inov-8’s workhorse in the ROCLITE range, but it would be a shame to overlook the 290 as the slightly more ‘racey’ and pared-back version, which still has good protection, grip and cushioning!” Run 247, April 2019. Read full review which compares the 275 & 290.
“The 290 is a fast, agile shoe, perfect for going fast and really attacking the trails but is also a great companion for a long day out.” Mudstacle, May 2019. Read full review.
ROCLITE 345 GTX
“I wasn’t sure what to expect with this trail shoe/hiking boot hybrid. Well, I’m sold on it. For running it gives you that extra ankle support, which I find great on rocky descents. Hiking wise, it feels like you get most of the benefits of a hiking style boot, but at a trail shoe weight. Winner.” RunUltra, who scored it 9.5/10 and named it a ‘recommended’ product, April 2019. Read full review
“In a world where the word ‘innovation’ gets thrown around, the graphene G-GRIP is a true innovation, one with clear advantages to the runner and walker. These boots, the first to use the technology are, ahem, a step change for this market. We can’t wait to see where graphene takes inov-8 next. The possibilities are bewildering.” Sidetracked, January 2019. Read full review
“The ROCLITE 345 GTX is a radical new boot for anyone looking to travel fast and light across the hills.” Live For The Outdoors, who awarded it a score of 84%, April 2019. Read full review
“These are some seriously tough boots, able to withstand the harsh terrain.” Verdict, February 2019. Read full review
“If you want a tough, ultralight, waterproof boot, these could suit you.” The Great Outdoors, who awarded it 4 stars out of 5 and named it a ‘recommended’ product, April 2019. Full review: Inside Spring 2019 issue.
“They’ve been so markedly better than any other boots I’ve bought that I’d go as far as to say that my time on the trail was improved just by wearing them.” The Peaklander, April 2019. Read full review.
“The ROCLITE 335 provides a warm running alternative for comfort and speed in winter conditions. It is a lively, protective, warm boot at the weight of many summer trail runners.” RoadTrailRun, who scored it 9.7/10, March 2019. Read full review